Beck’s Blue Alcohol Free Beer Review. Has the dinosaur still got it?


Becks blue beer i bought and drank for this review

Beck’s Blue has seemingly been in the alcohol free beer market since before there was an alcohol free beer market! It is one of the originals when the only other alternative was water.

About Becks

Does Non Alcoholic Beer Taste The S...
Does Non Alcoholic Beer Taste The Same

In 1873, Beck’s was founded in Bremen. Back then, beer was classically served in brown bottles but supply was scarce.

Beck’s looked for someone else to supply them glass but the only firm the could find were wine bottle producers. Wine bottles at that time were green and that’s how the iconic green Beck’s bottle started.

Another iconic element of Beck’s beer is the key emblem. The city symbol of Bremen is a key, and that is on every bottle of Beck’s. The city of Bremen eventually came calling for a fee to use the key.

Beck’s avoided this by mirroring the key around the other way and then registering that new one as it’s own trademark.

Beck’s Blue has been about since the early 1990s and you thought that the non alcoholic beer world has only existed since covid didn’t you?!

But hats off to Beck’s, they went into a market that didn’t exist and basically shaped it for the better. From that first mover advantage they still command a large market share and nearly everyone can name Beck’s Blue when asked about a non alcoholic beer.

The Ingredients

As a proper German beer, it only has 4 ingredients by law (German purity law of 1516). These are

  • water
  • barley malt
  • yeast
  • hops

This puts it above many of the big brand mass produced beers, especially the ones from the same owner stable ABInBev.

You don’t have any “natural flavouring” or “rice” here. Well played Beck’s.

The Nutrition

Alcohol – 0.0%

Calories – 14kcal per 100ml

Carbohydrate – 3.1g per 100ml

Sugar – 0.2g per 100ml

Just excellent numbers from Beck’s Blue. There are very few non alcoholic or alcohol free beers that get anywhere near that level of calories and sugar.

The big question after you see a nutrition profile like this is – will it be watery?

The Look

The bottle is the same as you’ve seen for years, iconic in the alcohol free beer world.

When you pour your beer, the head is meagre and doesn’t last too long. The colour is a pale golden lager.

The Aroma

Not too much on the nose. You get some malty smells and some hoppy smells but nothing to blow you away.

The Taste

To let you in on a secret, this is my second review of Beck’s Blue. The first one is in website heaven for some reason but i think i was a tiny bit harsh on it.

It is actually pretty decent. Baring in mind that they have made this particularly low calorie and the recipe is from when your granny was little, it holds up remarkably well!

I always prefer a German pilsner style lager over a normal old plain lager. With a pilsner you get more hops, more hops for me equals more flavour. We are in a world of double IPAs so i need a bit more about my beer.

This actually delivers quite nicely. It is refreshing, just the right amount of bitterness, nice malty mouthfeel and a moderate hoppy hit.

The Verdict

Ive gone around in circles here. I have certainly had better beers but i have had considerably more worse ones.

Given the fact this was a trailblazer, has virtually no sugar, low calories and conforms to the German Purity Law, it is hard to whack it too much.

It is actually growing on me and i can see how it has held its popularity in this increasingly crowded marketplace.

The Score

8/10. Timeless from the German Giants.

Find out where this beer ranks compared to all the beers i have reviewed on my updated “Best Non Alcoholic Beers” page

Where to buy

You can check out the live prices and availability in your regional Amazon buy clicking this link

You can try these at Wise Bartender as well, a brilliant non alcoholic retailer

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Beck’s Notes

  • Beck’s Blue is a light, crisp and refreshing non-alcoholic alternative to beer, with no compromise on taste. And, at only 53 calories per bottle and fat-free, it makes the perfect light refreshment.
  • Golden in colour, Beck’s Blue is a classic German-style pilsner lager with over 140 years of heritage. Originally brewed in Germany according to the Reinheitsgebot, the German purity law of 1516, with only 4 natural ingredients: barley, hops, yeast and water.
  • Beck’s Blue goes through the same brewing process as traditional Beck’s and contains the same four natural ingredients – barley, hops, yeast and water. The only difference being that Beck’s Blue undergoes de-alcoholisation, so it’s alcohol free.

Review Overview
SUMMARY

Given the fact this was a trailblazer, has virtually no sugar, low calories and conforms to the German Purity Law, it is hard to whack it too much.

4.0

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